Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Egypt retrieves antique taken by American in 1958
"Egypt received on Tuesday a rare antique made of alabaster with hieroglyphic writings which was taken by an American national from a tomb at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in 1958, the official MENA news agency reported. Zahi Hawwas, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said Egypt reclaimed the antique after Jack A. Graves, a professor at the US University of California, sent him a letter in which he explained how he had got the antique. In Graves' letter, the US professor said one of his friends had recently given him the piece. Graves has translated the hieroglyphic text written on the antique monument and found it was about the ancient Egyptian god Osiris, said Hawwas. The inscription also referred to King Seti I who ruled Egypt from 1318 to 1304 BC, said Hawwas, adding that the antique arrived in Cairo by courier on Monday". This is the complete news item from the People's Daily Online.

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